Pomurje

Pomurje is a sun-drenched landscape around the Mura River, comprising Prlekija, part of Štajerska (Styria) and Prekmurje, which ascends from the river and stream wetlands of the Ravenska world into the wine-growing and afforested hills of Goričko with Lendava and Slovenian hills, as well as Prlekija with Jerusalem vineyards. While in the lowlands, you can relax in many thermal spas with springs of thermal waters. The locals on the wine-growing slopes can embellish your stop with unforgettable experiences with some good wine and culinary delicacies, while the sounds of the local band and the panoramic views of the vineyard terraces, church bell towers and cottages pamper all of your senses.

But Pomurje is not just the Mura river, gibanica, ham, Kreslin and storks. On the contrary – Pomurje is a meeting point of different cultures, religions and ethnic groups, as it is home to the Roma and the Hungarian minority. Tightly trapped in a cross-border area, this landscape is spiced with Austrian, Hungarian and Slavic influences from neighboring countries. Here you will discover the cultural heritage in small villages and towns, the breathtaking beauty of nature, rocking the historical heritage in its embrace, and the language groups, present in many dialects today.

Nature, cultural and historical heritage in Pomurje, have been intertwined for centuries. The small towns, villages and remote places guard the memory of a past and a tradition that has been forgotten in time. Acquaint yourself with the open-minded Pannonian soul and take a break in making fresh clay, burning in the oven and knitting baskets!

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What you need to know about Slovenia

The weather in Slovenia varies from season to season. There are also three climatic influences that meet in the country. A harsh Alpine climate prevails in the mountains, the coast has a sub-Mediterranean climate, and the north-east lowlands have a continental climate. The average temperature is above 20°C in July, and around 0°C in January. It is worth checking the current weather, so that you can dress and equip yourself appropriately.

Official language: Slovene; also Hungarian and Italian in their respective ethnically mixed areas.

How to say in Slovene?
Good morning – Dobro jutro
Good afternoon – Dober dan
Good evening – Dober večer
Hello – Živijo
Thank you – Hvala
Please – Prosim
Goodbye – Na svidenje
Welcome – Dobrodošli
Yes – Da
No – Ne
Excuse me – Dovolite mi, prosim
Sorry – Oprostite
What’s your name? – Kako ti je ime?
My name is … – Jaz sem …
Where is … ? – Kje je … ?
How much is …? – Koliko stane …?
Where are you from? – Od kod ste?
Do you speak English? – Govorite angleško?
I (don’t) understand – (Ne) razumem
How do you say…? – Kako se reče…?

The official currency of Slovenia as a European Union member state is the euro (€). It was introduced at the beginning of 2007. Most shops across the country accept international credit and debit cards. Slovenia has a widespread cash machine network.

Value added tax refund

Numerous shops advertising “Tax-Free Shopping” in their windows make it possible for visitors from non-European Union countries to receive a refund of value added tax paid on a minimum of 50 euros worth of goods purchased in a single shop within a single day on condition that the goods are taken outside the country within three months from the purchase date.

More information: Global Refound.

Smoking: In Slovenia, smoking is banned in all closed public and work premises, in other words including catering and accommodation establishments. You must be at least 18 years old to buy tobacco products. This makes Slovenia one of the European countries with the strictest limits on smoking.

National holidays:

  • 1 January: New Year
  • 8 February: Slovenian cultural festival – Prešeren Day
  • 5 April: Easter
  • 6 April: Easter Monday
  • 27 April: Uprising Against the Occupation Day
  • 1 and 2 May: Labour Day
  • 25 June: National Day
  • 15 August: Feast of the Assumption
  • 17 August: Merging of Prekmurje Slovenians with the rest of Slovenia after World War I (not a bank holiday)
  • 15 September: Merging of Primorska with the rest of Slovenia (not a bank holiday)
  • 31 October: Reformation Day
  • 1 November: All Souls Day
  • 23 November: Rudolf Maister Day (not a bank holiday)
  • 25 December: Christmas
  • 26 December: Independence and Unity Day

Basic information on Slovenia:

  • Population: 2,055,000
  • Position: Slovenia is in central Europe.
  • Area: 20,273 km2
  • Government: Slovenia is a democratic republic founded on the principle of the separation of powers of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of authority.
  • Capital city: Ljubljana, population: 280,000
  • President of the Republic: Borut Pahor
  • Prime Minister: Marjan Šarec
  • Membership of international organisations: Slovenia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and a member of NATO since 7 April 2004. It is also a member of many other international organisations.
  • Major centres: Ljubljana, Maribor, Kranj, Celje, Koper, Novo Mesto, Velenje, Murska Sobota.
  • Official language: Slovene; also Hungarian and Italian in their respective ethnically mixed areas.
  • Religion: The majority of the population is Roman Catholic; Slovenia also has 40 other officially registered religious communities.
  • Currency: euro (EUR), since 1 January 2007.
  • GDP per capita (in EUR): 18.065 € (2014)
  • Registered unemployment rate: 13,1% (2014)
  • Average age: 41.4 years
  • Life expectancy: men 73 years, women 81 years
  • Fertility rate: 1.2
  • Climate: Alpine, Pannonian, Mediterranean
  • Time: Central European Time (UTC + 1), Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
  • Average temperatures: July 21°C, January 0°C
  • Electricity supply: 230 V
  • Units of measurement: metric – metres, kilometres, grams, kilograms. Temperatures are expressed in degrees Celsius.
  • Length of borders: with Austria 330 km, with Italy 280 km, with Hungary 102 km and with Croatia 670 km; total 1,382 km
  • Length of coastline: 46.6 km
  • Highest peak: Triglav, 2,864 m
  • Geometric centre of Slovenia: Vače
  • Average height above sea level: 556.8 m
  • Universities: University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor, University of Primorska.

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